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Dora Carrington (1893 - 1932)

Lot 19: [CARRINGTON, Dora (1893-1932)]. JAMES, Henry. The Figure in the Carpet. London: Secker


November 1, 2006
London, United Kingdom

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[CARRINGTON, Dora (1893-1932)]. JAMES, Henry. The Figure in the Carpet. London: Secker, 1916. 8°. Original brown cloth (worn). PRESENTATION COPY to 'D. E. Brett from Carrington 10. Nov 1919'. Uniform edition. A student at the Slade School, Dorothy Brett was the constant companion of Carrington and Mark Gertler, who first took them to Garsington. In her memoirs, Morrell recalled how, on August 12th 1916, 'she was sitting next to Brett up in the studio for a painting' when Robbie Ross came in and introduced Siegfried Sassoon to her for the first time. Bloomsbury was incensed, however, when in 1933 Brett published her book Lawrence and Brett: A Friendship, Morrell writing to Virginia Woolf on 10 July 1933 about 'That cunning, spiteful, evil-smelling little poisonous insect Brett... She is a leech, and her apparent devotion is only to suck one.' (Woolf, Letters V, p.230). Nevertheless, in the latter years of her life, Brett fiercely defended Lady Ottoline when she was made fun of in Bloomsbury memoirs.

JAMES, Henry. An International Episode [and other tales]. London: Macmillan, 1883. 8°. Original blue cloth. Inscribed 'D. E. Brett. Xmas 1917. D.C.'

CARRINGTON, Dora. Autograph letter signed to [Ottoline] [n.d., n.p.], 3 pages, 8vo. 'We saw Charleston, where Vanessa lives... a wonderful place... with a wild romantic garden.' 'Brett is launching out in a further trousseaux!'. Carrington informs Ottoline that she has begun painting again after a period of idleness, and that she is desperate to see her again; she also mentions a dinner in Richmond with the Woolfs, ('I liked Virginia so much. She was so very amusing'), Roger [Fry], Lady Strachey and others; and, Dorothy BRETT (1883-1977). Autograph letter signed ('Brettie') to [Ottoline Morrell] ('my wonderful, beautiful friend', [n.p., n.d., ?1916/7], in pencil and ink, 1 1/2 pages, 8vo, talking in emotional terms of her love for Ottoline, 'I have carried away with me a vision of you... if my heart were crystal you would see the perfect image of yourself enclosed & held like the fly in the Amber'. Brett had a series of crushes on Ottoline, who put her up at Garsington from 1916 to 1919 and provided her with a studio. 'I love you very much, so keep hold of me'. (4)

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